The city shines bright in the festive period, with loads of inexpensive fun things to see and do.

Christmas can be an expensive time of year. so we've put together a few ways to have fun for less, all the ideas are free or under £10 so don't let budget impact your fun!

Hot chocolate with extra sparkle

Grab a hot chocolate and explore the lights, Brighton is twinkling, with areas such as the Lanes, Dukes Lane, and Hanningtons Lanes all having displays of lights to lift your spirits for free.

Our top picks for spots to grab a warming drink:

Cost: Varies from café to café but look to pay £4/£5 for a cup of the good stuff.

Christmas fun at Yellowave - 16th December

Head to Yellowave on 16th December between 2-3 pm to enjoy free festive fun! Brighton and Hove City Brass Band will be bringing the Christmas vibes and playing some festive classics down at the beach sports venue.

Cost: Entry is free, but there'll be hot chocolates, Xmas crepes, mince pies, and mulled wine on offer. 

Burning the Clocks

The archetypal counterpart to consumerism, Burning the Clocks sees the city burst into life on the shortest day of the year with hundreds of paper lanterns being paraded through the streets, culminating in a big bonfire - guaranteed to warm your heart.

Cost: Whilst the parade is free, any spare cash you can offer goes towards keeping the event running and its bonkers Brighton legacy alive!

Murmuration and Chips

The best seat in the city, with glorious winter sunsets and the relaxing sight of hundreds of starlings taking part in their winter show. A warming bag of chips with the essential salt and vinegar makes this a meal as well as a natural show. Two good places to pick up your chippy tea are Brighton Palace Pier and Rybka, not a fan of seagulls? We suggest dining inside the Palm Court Restaurant where you can enjoy the views from behind the glass!

Cost: A box of chips from Rybka costs £4.50 or £17.50 for a full fish supper, delicious!

Shop Local

Brighton is heaving with small independent shops, meaning your money goes further when it comes to shopping. With a thriving retro and second-hand scene your Christmas list needn’t cost you (or the earth) a lot! You get to enjoy avoiding the queues and they get original, unique gifts, perfection. Snoopers Paradise, Kemptown Trading Post, Martlets Shop, and Brighton Open Market are all great places to explore!

Do Some Winter Wonderland Window Shopping.

Many businesses across Brilliant Brighton are dressed to impress like Winter Wonderlands for this year’s window dressing competition. Spend an afternoon strolling around trying to see all these wonderful window displays. Plus, vote for your favourite and you could be in with a chance of winning a £150 Brilliant Brighton gift card to spend locally.

However you enjoy the city this festive season, have a great time, and don't forget to check for all your up-to-date events and shopping ideas!





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